Aston Villa is accepting offers for Gabriel Agbonlahor

Gabriel Agbonlahor is expected to be on his way out of Aston Villa in this winter transfer window as the 29 year old English striker appears to be deadweight in the Premier League club.

Agbonlahor has been trying to get back in form after having sustained a calf injury which kept him out of the main team of Aston Villa for a significantly long period of time but even though he is recovered; his time on the pitch is almost non-existent.

Aston Villa is currently located in the bottom spots of the Premier League and the manager of the club is trying to offload some of his players who do not play any important role in the team and Gabriel Agbonlahor is one of them.

The winter transfer window has opened up and Aston Villa is believed to be listening to offers for the 29 year old player who is going through a 9 month goal drought as the attacker is struggling trying to find the back of the net as well as getting playing time in the main team of the squad.

Agbonlahor has a contract with Aston Villa which extends for 2 more years but it seems like his time in the team might be reaching it’s end sooner than initially expected. This will depend if the manager is indeed ready to let the 29 year old player leave and if the club receives tempting offers for the struggling performer.

Remi Garde is the coach of Aston Villa and he can’t risk putting his faith in players who simply haven’t been delivering in the big stage and with the current position of the club, dropping more points is very costly as they will not be able to escape the bottom relegation zone.

Aston Villa’s Gabriel Agbonlahor is mad about a match that was played over 5 years ago

Gabriel Agbonlahor of Aston Villa has expressed his disgust concerning the final match between his club when they faced off with Manchester United during the 2010 Football League Cup Final which was played in Wembley.
The final scoreboard of this match displayed 1-2 at the end of it all as Manchester United barely managed to claim the victory and win the piece of silverware. Agbonlahor believes that Aston Villa was cheated in this game as it was his team which deserved to have won it.

In the 5th minute of the game Aston Villa took the lead through a penalty kick which was scored by James Milner. Gabriel Agbonlahor was able to get past Manchester United’s NemanjaVidic and the defender had no other option other than to bring down Agbonlahor inside the penalty box and the referee allowed Aston Villa on taking the set-piece which was scored by Aston Villa’s James Milner.

During the moment when NemanjaVidic tackled Agbonlahor and brought him down, Vidic was the last defender of Manchester United that was in the path of the goal but the referee Phil Dowd did not give away a red card and the 28 year old English forward believes that a red card should had been given to Vidic.

‘’We were cheated. I think every person who watched the game would agree it should have been a red card. That cost us. ‘Martin O’Neill was seething and rightly so. I don’t think he’s forgiven him yet. We started on top and if Vidic gets sent off it’s a different game for Man United. They would have probably brought off one of their goal scorers’’

When Gabriel Agbonlahor was asked about what he has done with the runner-ups medal that was given to him, the English player replied by saying that it must be somewhere in the trees of Wembley as he just doesn’t care about those medals as he is certain that his team deserved to have come out on top with the victory instead of Manchester United.

Gabriel Agbonlahor doesn’t have what it takes to be the captain of Aston Villa

Fabian Delph is the captain of the Premier League side Aston Villa but there have been a few occasions in previous seasons when Gabriel Agbonlahor was given the captaincy armband but the former Aston Villa player, Andy Gray believes that Agbonlahor doesn’t have the leadership skills needed in order to guide a team.

Andy Gray used to perform for Aston Villa back in 1975 until 1979 where he managed to score over 50 goals and make 113 appearances. Gray is now retired but he still remains up to date with news in the world of football as he works for the sports channel beIN Sports and one of the latest things that Gray has said involved Gabriel Agbonlahor and the captaincy role at Aston Villa.

Former player of Aston Villa, Andy Gray said: “I don’t know where the leadership comes from, that’s what worries me as well. I look around the team. I don’t see Gabby Agbonlahor as captain, I’m sorry, I don’t. You lead because you’re a leader of men, which he’s not. Or you lead with your performances on the pitch and he hasn’t done that for me. I don’t see that captain as been the leader that Villa need at all.’’

Gabriel Agbonlahor is not a fans favorite for the supporters of Aston Villa as the player has never truly managed to have a standout season for the Premier League club.

Agbonlahor made his debut for Aston Villa at the Premier League at the age of 19 back in March of 2006 and so far has made over 300 appearances but his goal-scoring record hasn’t been as impressive as the player has only scored 76 goals.

Jack Grealish is latest in most Talented Players List

Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish is the latest in a long list of talented young players to come from the youth academy at the club.

The 19-year-old is yet to start a Premier League encounter this campaign, but he has already played more than 200 minutes of football as a substitute. He has already featured in nine appearances this campaign.

So far, he has been looking highly talented but has all the attributes of an unpolished diamond. Many expect him to become a key figure in Villa’s central midfield in the years to come. Striker Gabriel Agbonlahor says that Grealish reminds him of Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta.

Iniesta is regarded as one of the most talented midfielders in the world. Apart from his abilities like passing and vision, the Spaniard can light up the game with a brilliant piece of skill more often than not. Agbonlahor also came through the youth academy at Villa. While he was primarily known for his pace during the early years, the former England international has developed himself into a target man. This has resulted in a loss of pace, but Agbonlahor has concentrated on being a squad player rather than a central goalscorer. He has only three goals in 23 appearances this campaign.

“Jack is easily one of the best players I’ve seen come through the youth team. He reminds me of Andres Iniesta. He’s a similar player – he’s always ready to receive the ball and good at running with it, too,” said Agbonlahor. The lack of regular game time at Villa right now was expected to result inGrealish moving on a loan deal to Nottingham Forest. However, the club recently parted company with manager Stuart Pearce and the 19-year-old ended up staying at Villa.Grealish signed a new long-term contract with Villa only last year.

Gabriel Agbonlahor for England national team

Gabriel Agbonlahor appeared to be the next best prospect for the England national team to come out of the Aston Villa youth academy.

In his early years as a professional footballer, Agbonlahor primarily relied on the blistering pace in order to make an impact. This has substantially reduced in recent years due to injury problems and the player concentrating on strength rather than speed. The 29-year-old is now placed a perfect foil for Christian Benteke, but he has also proven to be an adequate replacement playing alone. Agbonlahor has featured in 14 league matches this season.

His return of three goals may not be setting the goal charts on fire, but former Villa striker Dwight Yorke says that the impact made by the Englishman has been profound. The work rate of Agbonlahor has also not gone unnoticed, as Yorke believes that this has been a major factor in the recent resurgence of Villa. Agbonlahor was once again crucial in the club’s 2-1 victory over Leicester City on Monday night. This was the second consecutive win for the clarets and it moves them to within two points of Liverpool. A local derby against West Brom awaits Villa when they return to league action this weekend.

“He was outstanding in the second half. He’s got pace and he used that for the second goal. He kept his composure, picked out a good pass to (Christian) Benteke and he made a fantastic pass to Alan Hutton. Agbonlahor is the one who really triggered things and really set the tone for Villa in the second half,” said Yorke. Clark opened the scoring for Villa after 17 minutes and this helped them equalise the scores after Ulloa had given Leicester the lead four minutes before. Alan Hutton’s 71st minute goal proved to be the winner while defender Paul Konchesky was sent off for a straight red card in the 80th minute.

Neville claims United are playing soft football

Manchester United spent more than 150 million Pounds during the transfer window, but, in spite of that, they failed to build a team that can at least save them from getting humiliated by the minnows.
While, the Red Devils are looking fantastic upfront, they are looking equally pathetic at the back end, giving easy striking opportunities to the opponent teams in every match. It’s resulting in big defeats.
Gary Neville, the former Manchester United player, believes that the team is just not tightened enough.
Speaking in a television show the other day, Neville said, “They seem to be playing soft football and that’s why, it’s happening to them. They should take a leaf out of the other teams’ book. You see how well the City guys dealt with Diego Costa the other day; they just didn’t allow him to do any damage.”
“The defence of United is sort of getting bullied and that’s embarrassing for such a big club. Of course, you will have to give the due credit to Leicester. They were superb, but, you will also have to say that their performance was not world class. More than the skill, it was the physicality.”
“You can play with any formation, but, if you are not competitive enough, you are always going to go down.”
Leicester is not the only minnow team which has won against United in the ongoing season. MK Dons did that too, not in the league, but, in the Capital One Cup and that was also a big defeat for United as they had lost by 0-4 there.
The skipper of United, Wayne Rooney was terribly angry after the Leicester loss. In television footages, he was seen having animated talks with some of the members of his team.

Little Claims Villa Should Keep Agbonlahor

Former Aston Villa striker Brian Little has claimed that the club should consider keeping Gabriel Agbonlahor beyond his current contract. The 27-year-old came through the ranks at Aston Villa, but he is widely expected to leave the club next summer. He is out of contract in 12 months and the financial situation surrounding Villa is looking bleak. Hence, there is a possibility that he may not be offered a new deal and will be forced out of the club. Villa only recently parted ways with the likes of Marc Albrighton, who came through the ranks and established themselves as Premier League players.

After a lot of signings during the periods of Martin O’Neill and Alex McLeish, Villa have been left with Agbonlahor as the club’s longest serving player. He has been at the club since 2006. There are number of key players entering into the final year of his contract at Villa. Aside from Agbonlahor, Villa are also in danger of losing Fabian Delph. The England midfielder could be a target for most top clubs given his performances in recent years. Little has claimed that Agbonlahor may not be a transfer target for the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool, but he has proved over the years that he is a very good Premier League player with a touch of versatility.

“If Agbonlahor went I would see quite a few Premier League clubs wanting him, so he’s worth hanging on to. I’m not saying Chelsea and Arsenal and Liverpool and Manchester City would want him. But I would think most of the teams in the Premier League would look and think ‘he’s available, we’ll have him’. He’s a Premier League player and that’s what you judge people on, if you’re available how many people would want you and I think quite a few clubs would want him,” said Little.

Vassell Advises Agbonlahor Stay

Aston Villa star Gabriel Agbonlahor has been linked with a move away from the club, but the club’s former striker Darius Vassell says that the former England international should consider staying at the club and become a legend. Agbonlahor came through the ranks at Aston Villa and has played for the club ever since. He made his debut in 2005 and he has made more than 250 appearances in the league for the club. At 27 years of age, he is the prime of his career, but the presence of players like Christian Benteke have led to the striker being starved of opportunities up front.

Manager Paul Lambert has been utilising Agbonlahor as a winger and it has been the case with the last few managers as well. As a result, there have been suggestions that the striker may decide to leave Villa in the hope of being a regular striker for different club. This may also improve his chances of appearing for the national team once again. Agbonlahor has three international caps for the England national team, but he is nowhere near consideration for the World Cup 2014. Agbonlahor will be a free agent in the summer and there have been signs that he may decide to leave the club.

“Right now, where Villa are at, they should keep him and he should sign that deal and continue to progress. I don’t think there’s much else out there for him. Like me he’s a home-grown player, loves the club, his family is probably based here so why not be another Giggs? Be the Giggs of Villa. He’s at that crossroads I was at at a similar stage. I left when I was 24 and you make that decision, ‘how am I doing at the club’? Gabby is doing well and you know what you’re going to get from him each season,” said Darius Vassell.